Sakura sencha... ohhhhhhhhhhhhh ladies, break the seal already. I just brewed my first pot, and I am in love.
I have a thing for cherry anything... but I have always come up short on anything cherry in tea. Sometimes the artificial cherry is so strong it overwhelms any tea taste, and sometimes it just plain tastes like Vicks Formula 44 cough medicine.
But not this one.
The dry leaf is beautiful, dark, shiny, and aromatic... and not just of cherry, but a clear sencha aroma. The tea is a lovely pale bright green, the flavor is smooth and sweet, and the hint of cherry is not overpowering at all, but very complementary of the sencha.
I have never cared for flavored greens much at all until now. It's really nice.
And I got the shudei pot with the novice set, as well at the kokoro black-glazed kyusu, which I used to brew the sakura sencha.
Overall, this was a most pleasing first order from Den's!